The public use fire danger level on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District climbed to “extreme” (red) in the Wild & Scenic Section of the Rogue River at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24. No open fires of any kind will be allowed.
The Oregon Department of Forestry protects the Wild & Scenic Section of the Rogue River between Grave Creek and Marial. The remainder of the Wild & Scenic Section is protected by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
Here are the regulations that went into effect on Wednesday:
— Smoking will be prohibited except in boats on the water, and on naturally vegetation-free gravel bars and sand bars below the river’s high-water mark.
— Open fires will be prohibited, including camp fires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires. However, portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels will be allowed on naturally vegetation-free gravel bars and sand bars below the high-water mark
— Travelers must carry a shovel and bucket (one-gallon size).
— Fireworks will be prohibited.
For further information about fire restrictions in all parts of the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River, contact the Smullin Visitor Center located at the Rand National Historic Site at (541) 479-3735.
For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season regulations, contact the unit office in your area:
— Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. Phone: (541) 664-3328
— Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Drive, Grants Pass. Phone: (541) 474-3152
Southwest Oregon District fire precaution level information is also posted on the World Wide Web at www.swofire.com.